Obviously Leonard Wibberley is a male writer, who was writing during the 1950's, but this really stuck out and kind of annoyed me, because Gloriana is a kick-ass character, and so I was a bit frustrated to see her talk about how women's rights are little more than abuse . This book has several important attributes that make it enjoyable. First, is The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberley is a satirical novel about the Cold War. The plot centers on the fictional country of Grand Fenwick and the exploits of its inhabitants. In the story, Grand Fenwick is the world’s smallest country.
About book: "Victory sometimes carries more responsibilities than gains" p 185, raises serious issues, survival of human race over nation. Idealistic, optimistic, sweet tale, more naive than silly. This book is wonderfully ridiculous - a satire of this finest kind. Their entire economy, based on the successful export of their world-famous wine Pinot Grand Fenwick, is brought to its knees after American vintners in San Rafael, California begins bottling a competitive wine they call Pinot Grand Enwick.
Book Overviews: Top Book, Top Author, Top Genre. In Leonard Wibberley's classic political satire, a tiny backwards country decides the only way to survive a sudden economic downturn is to declare war on the United States and lose to get foreign aid - but things don't go according to plan. The Mouse That Roared was made into a successful feature film in 1959 starring Peter Sellers. PRAISE FOR THE BESTSELLING CLASSIC: "As funny as it is charming
The Mouse That Roared is a 1955 Cold War satirical novel by Irish American writer Leonard Wibberley, which launched a series of satirical books about an imaginary country in Europe called the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.
Leonard Wibberley, a journalist and author of more than 100 books, including the comic novel ''The Mouse That Roared,'' died of a heart attack Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 68 years old. Mr. Wibberley's works ranged from juvenile fiction to a four-volumne biography of Thomas Jefferson. But he received most attention for his 1955 best seller, ''The Mouse That Roared,'' which was made into a movie starring Peter Sellers. He left the paper a year later. Story of the 'Mouse'. 'The Mouse That Roared,'' told the story of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, a country five miles long and three miles wide, with an army of 20 archers and four men at arms, that declares war on the United States.
As recorded in The Mouse That Roared, this little country, three miles wide and five miles long, prevented a nuclear holocaust by declaring war on the United States. Later Peter Sellers was to star in a film re-creating those momentous times.